Polaris Outdoor

Polaris Outdoor is made up of a rare breed of people, including some of the best outdoor experts in the world. The team is extremely competent outdoors in a wide variety of disciplines, they are also excellent teachers, mentors and coaches. Many are also qualified teachers or have extensive experience in teaching and learning in other capacities. With this amazing team and the special personal development methodology, we can prepare people to gain the skills and self-confidence to go anywhere on Earth. The staff have worked with Sir David Attenborough, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, The Natural History Museum, the Bear Grylls team, Disney, Amazon, the British Royal family and many more. Our thorough approach to planning and in-depth preparation means that our time can be dedicated to meeting the needs of each participant. We aim to minimise the paperwork burden, ensuring group leaders have everything they need so they get the most time with their group and especially some time for their own development. Whether it’s an overseas expedition, survival training, group development days or bespoke adventures… Polaris Outdoor can make you and your students powerful and resilient practitioners in an ever-changing world. *** Exclusive ISN offer! *** - If you are thinking of setting up an expedition programme Polaris Outdoor is offering all ISN members free consultation on how to set up outdoor activities at your school for global expeditions. Assistance with risk assessments, emergency plans and more! - Get a 10% discount when ISN members buy a 2-day training programme and a related expedition anywhere in the world - Expeditions of over 40 students get an extra teacher for free (Each expedition gets 2 teachers for free as standard) To find out more click 'get an introduction below'.

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Recent articles from Polaris Outdoor

  1. New Article

    WATCH: Outdoor learning in an international school setting

    How can you embed outdoor learning into your curriculum? What factors should you consider when setting up a successful and sustainable outdoor learning programme?

    • Leadership,
    • Sports and Co‑curricular activities,
    • Sustainability in Schools,
    • Work Skills & Global Citizenship
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    Matthew Barnsley
  2. New Article

    How to start an outdoor learning programme at your school

    It can be hard to know where to start when creating an outdoor programme at your school. Mat Barnsley, director and founder of Polaris Outdoor, shares a few ideas and pointers to consider before you begin.

    • Leadership,
    • Sports and Co‑curricular activities,
    • Sustainability in Schools,
    • Work Skills & Global Citizenship
    Read article 2 minute read
    Matthew Barnsley
  3. Case Study: Polaris Outdoor and International School of Cologne Germany

    In 2016 Polaris Outdoor took the International School of Cologne Germany on an Arctic Adventure. One teacher shares his experience.

    • School Culture and Community Engagement,
    • Sports and Co‑curricular activities,
    • Sustainability in Schools,
    • Wellbeing
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    Matthew Barnsley
  4. Case Study: Polaris Outdoor and Fair Ways School, England

    In 2020 Polaris Outdoor took Fair Ways School pupils and teachers on an arctic expedition to Finland.

    • Sports and Co‑curricular activities,
    • Sustainability in Schools
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    Matthew Barnsley
  5. Case Study: Polaris and Hampton Court House School

    In 2021 Polaris Outdoor took Hampton Court House School pupils and staff members on what can only be described as an expedition of a lifetime.

    • School Culture and Community Engagement,
    • Sustainability in Schools
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    Matthew Barnsley

Polaris Outdoor's recent questions

  1. Personal Development in Outdoor Education

    • Physical & Health Education,
    • Special Educational Needs,
    • Sports and Co‑curricular activities,
    • Sustainability in Schools,
    • Wellbeing,
    • Work Skills & Global Citizenship
    Asked by: Matthew Barnsley on 28/11/2022
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